10 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar is Bad for Your Health

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10 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar is Bad for Your Health

  1. Increase in your risk of heart diseases

Consuming too much sugar increase heart disease risk factors which include; high blood pressure, inflammation and adding excess weight which could leads to obesity. Based on research, high sugar consumption has been linked with increase in death from heart disease. Consuming too much sugar from sugar-coated and soda drinks which could contain between 17-21% of added sugar may lead to 38% of greater risk from dying from heart disease if its too consistent. Consuming extreme added sugar increases your weight gain and can lead to visceral fat accumulation.

  1. Consistent consumption of sugar is attached to acne

Food with high glycemic index is linked to the cause of acne. Glycemic index is a scale that ranks the number of carbohydrates in food from zero down to 100, which usually indicates how quickly a food content causes a person’s sugar to rise. Food high in glycemic index (GI) quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, which could increase androgen secretion, high oil production including inflammation which plays a high role in acne development.

  1. Increases your risk of type 2 diabetes:

There is a high clear link between high consumption of sugar and diabetes risk, high sugar consumption drives insulin resistance, a hormone that regulates sugar level. Once you have insulin resistance, your blood sugar level begins to rise and powerfully increase your high risk of diabetes. High sugar consumptions could lead to obesity and insulin resistance in which both are risk factors of type two diabetes.

  1. May increase your risk of depression

Usually, a healthy diet helps to improve your mood but a consistent intake of diet high in sugar and processed foods may increase your chances of developing depression especially if it has leads to one side effects or the other in your body system. A study shows that blood sugar swings including inflammation and neurotransmitter dysregulation may all reasons for sugar’s detrimental impact in mental health, neurotransmitters can impact in a specific area of the brain, including mood and behavior, their malfunctions could result in mood swings, depression and anxiety. A diet rich in added sugar and processed foods may lead to excess glucose in the brain and excess glucose consumption to memory is harmful to the brain because of the effect of certain neurotransmitters which increase depression in both men and women which is detrimental to mental health.

  1. Can lead to fatty liver:

Large amount of added sugar intake usually in form of fructose overload your liver which results to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a situation characterizes by excessive fat buildup in the liver. liver is capable of storing so much glycogen before excess amount are turned into fat which leads to fat accumulation in the liver. Fat in the liver makes the organ less responsive to insulin, leaving too much glucose in the blood which could also lead to type 2 diabetes as said previously.

  1. Increase in risk of having kidney disease:

Previously said that consistent high sugar intake could lead to high sugar level which cause damages to blood vessels in your kidney, which could harm your kidneys and also causes cavities. Once your blood sugar level is more than 180mg/dl, kidney starts to spill sugar into your urine since the blood sugar level is high than the expected mg/dl. The higher the blood sugar level, the more sugar comes out of the urine. Too much sugar can damage and harm your kidney.

  1. Drains your energy

Having blood sugar swings could leads to fluctuations in energy level, to avoid energy drained cycle always choose carbohydrates that are low in added sugar and rich in fibers, high sugar food intake can negatively impact your energy levels by causing spike in blood sugar which is followed by a crash that makes the energy drop sharply, which potentially cause to feel more tired.

  1. May fasten skin aging process:

Wrinkles are a natural sign of aging which will eventually appear in the long run for every individual regardless of your health. However, eating poor food choices that are rich in added sugar can help you speed up the skin aging process, consuming a diet high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which may cause skin aging prematurely. Usually, AGEs damage collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help the skin stretch and keep the shinning appearance, when collagen and elastin isn’t function properly or damaged the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag. Sugary foods can increase the production of AGEs which will accelerate your skin wrinkle, sagging and aging formation.

  1. Negative impact in dental health:

Too much sugar intake causes cavities due to bacteria actions on sugar consumptions, bacteria in your mouth also feed on sugar and release acid end product which can result to tooth demineralization .sugar attracts bad bacteria that leads to gum disease and gingivitis in most cases which could destroy the teeth protective tissues that put your teeth in place.

  1. May increase the risk of developing gout:

Gout is a complex form of arthritis, an inflammatory condition that can affect anyone which is characterized by severe pain, joint tenderness and redness appearance. Intake of consistent added sugar can raise uric acids levels in the blood thereby increasing risk of having a worsening gout. Sugar beverages and fructose can increase the risk of gout attack.

BOTTOM LINE (SOLUTIONS)

Sugar intake can’t be avoided but you can cut down on your sugar intake and replace it with fruits that are rich in vitamins and fiber e.g. pear, apple, banana, raspberries, orange etc. You can partake in a 30-days no sugar challenge, a sustainable way to lower your sugar intake.

Detoxifying your system twice in a week is not a bad idea, Goldkelm herbal medicine store offers some botanical extract herbs that help detoxify your system and you can also try out some do-it-yourself (DIY) recipe. You can check for some on our YouTube channel but the most important aspect is to cut down on your added sugar and processed foods intake.

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